Tuesday 22nd July 2014                 Change text size:

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Pharma firms call on government to invest in drug innovation

Nine leading pharmaceutical companies are calling for a reform of NHS drug approval processes, saying that the current system does not attract sufficient investment and is damaging the health and wealth of Britain. In a letter submitted to the Telegraph, the companies, including Pfizer and Novartis, say that the government’s...


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A decade of Conservative party speeches disappear from the internet

The Conservative party has been accused of deleting a decade’s worth of pre-election speeches from the internet – including many that promised action on climate change and other environmental issues. The tech website Computer Weekly reported on Wednesday that the party had erased all records of speeches and press releases...


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Carbon politics: ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ in the US and China

Gerald Kutney picks out some of the highlights from his upcoming book, Carbon Politics and the Failure of the Kyoto Protocol, to be published by Routledge in January 2014. In this third of the series of five instalments, he provides an overview of the third chapter. The US has...


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Nina Skorupska: we need energy ‘prosumers’ to effect real change

In one of her first in-depth interviews as chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association, Nina Skorupska speaks with Alex Blackburne about taking over a leading clean energy trade body at a time of political instability, societal demand and environmental urgency. Nina Skorupska sometimes conducts experiments with taxi drivers...


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The benefits of going green must be fairly shared

The idea of government intervention to influence the composition of a country’s output has long been derided by economists for breeding inefficiency, reducing competition, encouraging lobbying and saddling countries with factories producing unwanted products. Likewise, environmental regulation is often seen as a barrier to growth. However, supporting low-carbon technology...


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‘No legal or economic basis’ for weakening UK carbon budget

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said there is “no legal or economic basis” to change the UK’s fourth carbon budget, which covers the period from 2023 to 2027. The budget can only be altered if there is a significant change in circumstances on which it was set....


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Al Gore’s speech on the new opportunities for sustainable capitalism: full text

At the Envirotech & Clean Energy Investor Summit in London on Thursday, former US vice-president Al Gore, now chairman of Generation Investment Management, spoke about climate change, renewable energy and investment. The full text of his speech can be found below. Someone asked me in advance of this event...


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Good Energy customer on BBC Question Time: ‘my energy bills have never been cheaper’

Broadcast from the beautiful Cornish town of St Austell, two leading renewable energy suppliers got a mention on Question Time, the BBC’s flagship political debate programme, on Thursday. The mandatory question about energy prices (26 minutes in) prompted the usual myths about an aggressive, subsidy-hungry and landscape-blotting renewable energy industry,...


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Regulator tells Network Rail to cut costs by £1.7bn

Network Rail has been told to achieve £1.7 billion worth of savings in the next five years by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). The railways will also be subjected to tougher punctuality targets. Network Rail will receive more than £21 billion between now and 2018 to fund the...


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European Bioenergy Research Institute opens state-of-the-art Birmingham HQ

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) officially opened its new facilities in Birmingham on Monday, dedicated to the development of bioenergy technology and strengthening international strategic partnerships. This state-of-the-art facility is powered by the UK’s only ‘Pyroformer’ bioenergy power plant. The Pyroformer solution has been devised by Prof Andreas...


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After a century of waiting for the future, is now the dawn of the electric car?

In September, I attended an event hosted by Ford in Frankfurt, introducing journalists to its new electric and hybrid range of cars. The journey itself was fitting. Trekking from the modest setting of Doncaster to the glass monoliths of Heathrow airport, and then to Frankfurt, with its monorails and...


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National Trust director-general reaffirms renewables commitment following fracking reaction

Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust, has stated the organisation supports technologies that “harvest nature” rather than mines it. The comments follow Ghosh telling the Times that she had an “open mind” about fracking technology. She reportedly told the newspaper that the Trust would consider allowing shale gas...


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2030 climate and energy framework urgently needed, say 13 EU states

Thirteen European cabinet ministers for energy and climate change have spoken out about the need for a 2030 climate and energy framework. The ministers argue this will give investor confidence a boost. The pamphlet, Going for Green Growth: The case for ambitious and immediate EU low carbon action, sets...


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‘Ripples in my teacup’: St Jude’s Day storm and Britain’s resilience

The St Jude’s Day storm coverage seemed a little apocalyptic. One listener to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, frustrated at the time devoted to the storm, described it on Monday as “ripples in my teacup”. It may not have been on the scale of 1987 or 1953, but any...


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Arctic temperatures at 44,000-year high

Temperatures in the Canadian Arctic are at the highest they’ve been for at least 44,000 years, and possibly even 120,000 years, according to a new study. “The key piece here is just how unprecedented the warming of Arctic Canada is”, said Dr Gifford Miller, lead author from the University...


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